Michael Roberts

Remembering Ian Goonetileke: A Doyen of The Arts & Sri Lankan Publications-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Gamini Seneviratne, in a set of profound reflections entitled “Ian Goonatileke, A Memory” and presented previously …. but now subject to a change of title and highlights imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi Image Source:Thuppahis Browsing through various writings that had to do with Ian, I came upon the following paragraphs that seem to merit a fresh airing in the light of the literary awards recently made under the Gratiaen Trust. Regardless of his spell of scepticism (as mentioned below) that made him turn away from his commitment to advancing his friend Michael Ondaatje’s hopes and intent in funding that Trust it came to establish another award in Ian’s name, one for translation. Image Source:Thuppahis “I came to associate with him only in the last quarter century of his life, that is, after he had resigned from ...

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When St. Peters of Adelaide toured Ceylon in January 1928-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis St. Peters College in Adelaide is an elite boys public school that has produced several Prime Ministers of South Australia and schooled many prominent figures in Australian life.  The school’s cricket team chose to tour Ceylon in the month of January 1928 and played matches against Royal College, S. Thomas’ College and Trinity; and also against a team of planters at the grounds in Darrawella in the hill country. Image Source:Thuppahis The scoring book is part of the school archives and so too a photograph of the whole squad intermingled with the Thomian squad.  This picture can be considered a “treasure” because of the personnel embraced therein: notably Canon de Saram (then Vice-Principal of S. Thomas);  one Dudley S. Senanayake (who became one Ceylon’s Prime Ministers); Richard Hermon (captaining S. Thomas); Robert Senanayake (later a President of the Board of Control for Ceylon Cricket in the 1950s ...

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Reviewing Chatterjee’s Book on Anti-Muslim Riots in Gujarat in 2002-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Nishkula Suntharalingam, presenting a book review in Asian Affairs 2023 ….. https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/raaf20 …. of the book by Moyukh Chatterjee. Composing Violence: The Limits of Exposure and the Making of Minorities. Duke University Press, Durham, 2023. pp. 166. Notes. Bibliog. Index. Ackmts. Hb. $94.95. ISBN 9781478017028. Sb. ………….$24.95. ISBN 9781478019664 Moyukh Chatterjee was an eyewitness to the aftermath of the 2002 riots in the west Indian state of Gujarat; three days of communal violence during which Hindu mobs attacked Muslims, their businesses and homes, leaving over a thousand people dead. This book focuses on how and why, in multi-ethnic, democratic states like India, targeted violence and anti-minority politics persist. In doing so, the author suggests an alternate approach to understanding violence against minorities while raising disquieting questions about the formation of modern states and the ways that ideas ...

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Fabulous Bird Snaps from Marcel Bandaranaike in Lanka-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Changeable Hawk Eagle ALSO SEE http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/top-seven-wild-sri-lanka-flagship-species Pond Heron at Thalawatugoda Pond herons at Bundala Scaley-Breasted Munia– Nuwara Eliya Serpent Eagle — owning the sky young Malbar Hornbill Crested Hawk Eagle Changeable Hawk Eagle Asian Koel at Thalagama off Colombo Asian Paradise Flycatcher at Thanamalwila Black Hooded Oriole Talangama Chestnut Hooded Beeeater– Wilpattu Egrets at Korna Wewa Yala ...

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Marcel Bandaranaike strikes wild life gold at Yala-by Michael Roberts   Source:Thuppahis From THE OLD ALOYSIAN with thanks to Marcel a sloth bear trudges down the track … while a leopard ruminates over his kill elephants at Menik Ganga crocs bask at Korna Wewa … . …while one lunges at deer elsewhere early morn blues …. and a cautious quenching of thirst . deer on the move ...

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A British Bike-Man’s Bike Ride in Sri Lanka-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis A Beautiful tale … with British humour … and stunning pictures …. disguising the hard yards  A MUST SEE: http://www.elakiri.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1687848 Robs’ Sri Lanka Trip  Rob at Dondra head … southernmost point  In the temple courtyard, a school lesson was taking place (pic). I’m always intrigued by the fact that the further away you get from England, the more spotlessly white the children’s uniforms. at Uda Walawe National Park the main thing was the elephants, and we saw zillions of them, lumbering around and munching vast clumps of vegetation. Many were family groups, such as this mother and baby (pic). We also spotted kingfishers, mongooses, painted storks, peacocks, serpent eagles, buffalo, crocodiles, various fat lizards, and two chameleons, but obviously the photos of them didn’t come out because they blended into the background as soon as they saw us. and ONLY IN SRI ...

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Birds and Wild Life at Bundala Park, Lanka, January 2018-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Zac Roberts Ronald an ALIYA munching munchy marsh grass Brahminy Kite Painted Stork Crested Hawk Eagle Intermediate Egret Peahen Grey Heron Black-winged Stilt Intermediate Egret White breasted Kingfisher Asian Openbill just a rear view … with the paint still on A crocodile in repose A Lad in flight ...

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JLK Van Dort’s Vibrant 19th Century Sketches of British Ceylon-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Ismeth Raheem, in  the Sunday Times, 24 December 2023, where the title reads “A Christmas sketch among the many 19th century social events captured by J.L.K. Van Dort”  . … An Item conveyed to me by David Sansoni of Sydney  and now sibject to my=highlighting emphasis (Editor, Thuppahi) J.L.K. Van Dort who flourished in the latter half of the 19th century in Sri Lanka could well be described as the ‘Hogarth of Ceylon’. He was undoubtedly the best-known painter and illustrator working in the country at the time. From 1850 up till to his death in 1896, he recorded almost every social event of importance with his deft quick sketches, including religious festivals like Christmas. Born on July 28, 1831,  in Small Pass in the Fort of Colombo, his father – an architect, surveyor and artist of some fame is said to have had a ...

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AULD LANG SYNE …. For All Ye Visitors to THUPPAHI-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis AULD LANG SYNE  …. Two Renderings Rod Stewart – Auld Lang Syne ….   Live at Stirling Castle = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSQJjkfTAk Last Night Of The Proms 2023 – Live At The Royal Albert Hall =   ...

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